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From the President

Posted: Monday, August 15, 2022

Appointment: Chief of Staff

I am pleased to announce the appointment of LeVar Nathaniel Burke as Buffalo State College’s next chief of staff in the President’s Office. Mr. Burke, who will officially join the Buffalo State community on August 22, 2022, most recently served as enrollment manager for strategic initiatives at the City University of New York (CUNY) Medgar Evers College, a position he has held since 2016.

Mr. Burke has 17 years of experience in supporting critical and strategic college efforts, including managing confidential matters, implementing enrollment strategies, and advancing cross-divisional endeavors to accomplish campus priorities. His unique work experience and professional credentials, along with his passion for working with students from underserved communities, make Mr. Burke an excellent fit for this position and our campus community.

Please join me in welcoming him to Buffalo State.

I invite you to read more about Mr. Burke’s background in the biography below.

About LeVar Nathaniel Burke
As the enrollment manager for strategic initiatives at Medgar Evers College, Mr. Burke was a member of the Enrollment Management Council and the executive director’s management team, tasked with streamlining the enrollment process for first-year, transfer, readmitted, and continuing students. He also collaborated with colleagues to identify enrollment challenges, develop strategies, and implement tactical plans to increase brand awareness, applications, conversion rates, retention and graduation rates, and other enrollment outcomes.

Mr. Burke also spent nearly a decade as a confidential executive associate at the Medgar Evers School of Business and Public Administration. In that role, he was responsible for advising the dean of the school, providing cursory counsel on human resource and collective bargaining issues. He also designed school-level policies and programs to meet CUNY performance management process objectives and draft related operational plans and reports.

Mr. Burke has also served as a member of the City of Yonkers Zoning Board of Appeals (2006–2011) and as an adjunct faculty member at Medgar Evers College (2006–2013) and Long Island University (2015–2017).

He earned a bachelor of arts in history from Morehouse College (1999), a master of public administration in policy analysis and program evaluation from Baruch College (2006), and a juris doctor from the University at Buffalo School of Law (2003) and is duly licensed to practice in the state of New York. He is currently earning a doctor of education degree in educational leadership, administration, and policy from Fordham University (2023).

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